I have flaked on Tattoo Tuesday for the last two week, but not on purpose. I have some great authors and bloggers coming up, but when there is editing to do, nothing else get’s through. So, I am extremely thankful for H.R. Willaston and per patience.
H.R, your five questions start now:
1. How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
I got my first tattoo when I was 19. It’s a cross with a rose in the center of it, over my heart. I got it for my grandmother and plan on having rosary beads added to it with the dates of her birth and death.
2. How many tattoos do you have? If only one, do you want more?
I have four tattoos. The cross I mentioned above, a ladybug on my right ankle (which was my students’ favorite when I was teaching preschool), two dragons nose to nose with their tails entwined on my left ankle (my husband has the same on his calve.) and my Andy Qwinn tattoo on the inside of my left wrist. I’m planning on getting at least one more (water falling onto and down my right shoulder).
3. What inspired you to get your first tattoo or favorite tattoo? Tell me your tattoo story.
I love all my tattoos but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be the dragons. My husband and I decided to get matching tattoos and we chose dragons. We didn’t plan it this way, but the weekend we got them turned into a dragon weekend. We got the tattoos Friday and on Saturday night we went to see the How To Train Your Dragon live show. In my book Future Letters the characters Lil and Dylan get matching dragon tattoos but theirs were over their hearts and one dragon was green, the other was blue. Our dragons are blue and purple.
4. Tattoos on a significant other, like or dislike? Explain why?
I love my husband’s tattoos. He was with me when I got my first one (we were just friends then) but he didn’t get his until a few years ago and I’m so glad he finally did it. I like tracing my fingers over the blue horseshoe on his arm (he’s a Indianapolis Colts fan) and looking at the dragons makes me smile. He’s planning to get more too – which is more than fine with me.
5. Do the characters in your books have tattoos? If so, pick a character and tell me his or her tattoo story? Why was this story incorporated in the book?
In my book Nine Days the main character Andy Qwinn gets a tattoo while she’s in Hawaii. She goes to support a friend and ends up getting one herself. It’s a purple heart with ocean waves crashing inside it. Andy loves everything about the water from swimming in it on her school’s swim team to studying the animals who live in the ocean so she can protect them and their habitats as a marine biologist. I got the same tattoo when I was first writing the book. For Andy, the tattoo symbolizes freedom and the strength and courage to seize her freedom and allow her to be herself – which is something she can’t fully do at home. I got the tattoo at a time when I needed to be reminded that I could be as strong and brave as Andy, that I’d already survived so much and that I could survive what was going on at the time as well. A picture of this tattoo is on the back cover of the book (an on the title page of the ebook). The circling seals on the front cover represent the two monk seals – Pil and Popo – in the book as well as her relationship with Kai (sorry, I can’t explain that last part. You’ll have to read the book ;-) ). When she goes with her friend to get his tattoo she agrees to get a henna one. She gets the circling seals on her shoulder blade.
All the art work for Nine Days was done by Big Mike Cardenas, a tattoo artist at Clovis Ink in California. He’s done both of my husband’s tats and my most recent two.
Another great couple tattoo and I am waiting for the Cowboys to get back to the Super Bowl before I get my blue star tattoo. I might be waiting awhile.
Thanks so much H.R.
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